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November 18, 2010

Weekend Visitor Notebook IV



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This past Saturday Florida played host to some of the top prospects on their board for both official and unofficial visits. InsidetheGators.net caught up with several of the young men on Sunday for their take on the game, the atmosphere in the Swamp and more.

ANOTHER IN THE LAKELAND PIPELINE

The Lakeland (Fla.) Dreadnaughts have been very kind to the Florida Gators in the past few years, sending players such as
Ahmad Black, the Pouncey twins, Chris Rainey, Steve Wilks and current commit Javares McRoy to Gainesville.

Evan Goodman is the next Lakeland High School star the Gators have set their sights on. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound junior offensive lineman took an unofficial visit to UF this past weekend to watch the Gators take on South Carolina, and seemed to have a good overall visit.

"The visit was good; we walked around, looked at the weight room, and tried to feel the experience of being a Gator," said Goodman.

Goodman was impressed by two particular things the University of Florida offers, "The tradition and the fans. The tradition to go along with how dedicated the fans are is what stands out about Florida."

Despite Florida's solid fan base and tradition, the Gators were kicked to the curb by SEC East rival South Carolina in blow out proportion. Goodman commented on the game, "The offense struggled, they are really young, they will come back and beat them."

While on his visit, Goodman got a chance to talk with the coaches of Florida and some fellow recruits.

"I talked to Stan Drayton, Urban Meyer and Steve Addazio. They were glad I came and happy to see me.

"I also hung out with Jeff Driskel and the Jupiter quarterback (Tyler Cameron)."

When it comes to Goodman's recruitment, he is taking his time through the process and not calling out any leaders.

Currently everyone is even.

He went into further detail about his offers and who has been recruiting him the hardest.

"Florida and Auburn are my biggest offers," Goodman said. "Marshall, USF and Arizona State have also offered me. Auburn is probably recruiting me the hardest." Evan's brother, 2011 prospect Devin Goodman, is currently committed to Arizona State and attended the UF game with Evan.

Goodman also stated that current Florida commit Javares McRoy could have a big impact on his decision, "Yes, yeah, of course," he said with a laugh about McRoy helping the Gators chances.

Evan has been hearing from a lot of other major FBS programs; don't be surprised to see many more schools extend offers to the elite 2012 tackle in the near future.

LEGACY QUARTERBACK RECRUIT

With Florida very likely taking one but quarterback in the Class of 2011, that will leave four scholarship quarterbacks on the Gator roster after John Brantley's senior season. Only two of those players, Jeff Driskel and Tyler Murphy, will be strictly quarterbacks. Barring a change in head coach Urban Meyer's way of thinking, Trey Burton and Jordan Reed will likely continue to be shuffled around between tight end, H-back and quarterback.

That leaves the class of 2012 open to at least one quarterback for the Gators.

After his performance at UF's Friday Night Lights Camp back and July, combined with a solid 2010 junior season, Jupiter (Fla.) star quarterback Tyler Cameron may be near the top of the board.

The lefty is extremely accurate, and has solid running mobility to go along with his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame.

According to Cameron, he currently has seven offers; they are from Marshall, FAU, USF, Boston College, Illinois, Rutgers, and Louisville.

This week the junior signal caller confided that he would like to see some more offers come his way though, "I would like to get an offer from quite a bit of schools, Florida, Alabama and Auburn, all those big schools like that."

Cameron was at UF this past weekend, and he talked about his trip.

"The visit was good; it was probably one of my better visits so far, as far as the experience, my family got to interact more into it than on other visits.

"We came in, sat down and ate, then had people come and talk to us. Then we went down to [watch] the 'Gator Walk', and went to the field and hung out till the game started, then we went to our seats."

After taking his seat, Cameron witnessed the Gators get pummeled. He was short and sweet summing up the Gators problem, "The offense wasn't getting it going."

While in Gainesville he met Lakeland star linemen Devan and Evan Goodman, along with current UF quarterback commit Driskel, all of whom he said were "cool guys."

Cameron talked with Gator wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, and they discussed how his season was going and things of that nature.

Something that may help the Gators in the long run, if they decide to offer Cameron, is the fact he has two former Florida Gators around him all the time. His dad, Jeff Cameron, was a running back for UF and lettered in 1982. And former Gators quarterback Eric Kresser is his coach.

Therefore, it's not the least bit surprising that admittedly, Cameron said he grew up a Gator fan.



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